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Title

Gourd-shaped ewer


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

The ewer is in a gourd form with a curved tapering spout and a handle in the shape of a 'chi' dragon. It is decorated with splashed brown iron spots, and covered with a 'qingbai' bluish-toned glaze. The advent of the Mongol Yuan dynasty saw no marked disruption to Southern Song traditions but did see the introduction of new decorative techniques both applied and painted. Moulded and modelled applique were used, with beading and studding as the two principal techniques. The elaboration of handle loops into serpentine 'chi' dragons was a distinctive achievement of the Yuan potters, adding an exuberant and fanciful dimension to the otherwise restrained Song ceramic forms.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


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Other Titles

Qingbai ware ewer of gourd form

Yingqing ware ewer of gourd form

Ewer of gourd form


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

14th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with 'qingbai' glaze


Dimensions

11.3 x 9.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Bodor Family 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

119.1999


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

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